If you consider yourself an athlete, you want to be in the game. Whether you play pick-up on the weekends, work out for health reasons, or compete at the highest levels, you don’t have time to be sidelined by an injury. A primary care sports medicine physician from Orthopedic Physician Associates can help get you back up to speed.
What Does a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician Do?
When you visit a sports medicine primary care physician, you benefit from a broad range of professional expertise.
Our doctors have specialized training in sports medicine and have passed a national certification exam. To maintain the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM), they need to take part in continuing education and re-test every 10 years.
Primary care sports medicine physicians also have a primary care specialization, which may include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, or pediatrics.
In addition to seeing patients in the office, sports medicine physicians are typically part of a team of healthcare professionals that includes athletic trainers, coaches, physical therapists, and surgeons.
How Can a Sports Medicine Physician Help You?
Orthopedic Physician Associates offers treatment for:
- Stress fractures
- Back injuries
- Joint damage
- Muscle strain
- Broken bones
- Concussion and traumatic brain injury
We stay in the know, making sure we’re current on state-of-the-art treatment options. Our goal is to restore you to top form without surgery. Our team will investigate and discuss all possible non-surgical options with you.
If your injury does require surgery, we’ll consult one of our dedicated surgeons in the practice to draw up a course of action. Your primary care sports medicine physician will remain part of your treatment team.
Following treatment for a sports injury, we will work with you to decide when you can safely return to workouts and competitive play.
You don’t need to have an injury to see a member of our sports medicine team. We offer pre-season physicals and guidance for athletes with conditions like diabetes, mononucleosis, and asthma.
While we enjoy seeing our patients, we’ll provide advice on injury prevention to help keep you healthy and in the game.
Like a primary care physician, sports medicine professionals will make recommendations regarding healthy nutritional habits, exercise routines for beginners who want to improve their health, and advanced workouts to take fitness to the next level.
Whether you’re a top competitor, new to the health and fitness lifestyle, or somewhere in between, a primary care sports medicine physician can help you reach your goals—or provide exceptional treatment if an injury has you riding the bench.
We Understand Athletes
For someone with a highly competitive spirit, an injury may seem like the end of the world. We assure you, it’s not. However, we understand why you feel that way.
Our work with elite competitors gives us unique insight into the mind of an athlete. We understand your frustrations and your drive to excel.
While treating your physical condition, we’ll be by your side to guide you through the emotional aspects of your recovery. We’ll challenge you to beat your injury while making sure you do so safely.
We’ll provide you with a realistic timeline, work with you through the ups and downs, and celebrate your triumphs. We don’t think of it as our bedside manner but our sideline manner.
Do I Have to Be an Athlete to Visit a Sports Medicine Physician?
One advantage of sports medicine for the primary care physician is the ability to offer excellent care and treatment for a variety of conditions and activity levels.
Some people may assume you need to be an athlete to use our professional services, but that’s not the case.
If you are an athlete, we can help treat an injury or provide guidance to help you prevent an injury before it takes you out of the game. We also offer training and nutrition expertise to help you excel in your chosen sport.
We believe everyone can benefit from an active lifestyle. If you’re not an athlete but would like to be, our team can help you meet that goal. If you already enjoy being on the move but want to enhance your skills, change up your activity, or try something new, we’ll help create a game plan.
Some people have the preconceived notion that they have no athletic ability. It can be tough to break that mindset.
If you don’t consider yourself an athlete but want to move more for your health, we can help. We’ll provide a full physical before you launch into your new fitness regimen and suggest activities that may be a good choice to get you off the couch.
From elite athletes to fitness newcomers, Orthopedic Physician Associates offers the highest standard of care in the game.
Why Choose Orthopedic Physician Associates?
If you’re in the office to see a sports medicine physician, we assume you don’t like to sit still. While you might enjoy running, we know you don’t want to run from office to office to learn more about your injury and the treatment you need.
That’s why we offer a suite of on-site, state-of-the-art diagnostics, including:
If we need imaging to make the right treatment call, you can get the service here and we’ll review it during the same appointment. This system saves you time and money, empowering us to start treatment as soon as possible, so you get results faster.
More importantly, our board-certified physicians are committed to your care with personalized attention from your first visit until you meet your goals.
Widely known as leaders in their fields, our physicians team up to deliver exceptional treatment to individuals, as well as pro, college, and rec teams in Seattle and the surrounding area.
When you need a highly qualified primary care sports medicine physician to help you get back in the game, contact Orthopedic Physician Associates at 206-309-5007.